Improving Educational Access and Quality in Gaza | Projects

Improving Educational Access and Quality in Gaza

The Gaza Strip occupies an area of 576 square kilometres (140 square miles) in between Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean coast. Gaza’s population is estimated at 1.5 million, of which approximately 480,000 are registered as refugees with UNRWA. Conflict and economic decline has forced 1.1 million Gazans to depend on food aid in order to survive. Between June and September 2007, the number of households with an income of less than US$1.20 soared from 55% to 70%.

In light of the situation in Gaza, ROTA and its strategic partners developed two programs to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted education of the troubled territory’s children.
In June 2009, ROTA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) to cooperate on the implementation of physical maintenance works and rehabilitation of 22 schools in Gaza. 14 of these schools were considered to be moderately damaged, while another eight as severely damaged. Parallel to the rehabilitation of schools, ROTA-IRW aimed to improve the educational process by conducting teacher trainings for 300 teachers based on the results of an assessment.

ROTA’s project of rehabilitating schools positively impacted the lives of 21,054 students and assisted over 126,000 families who have been struggling under extremely harsh living conditions.  The project ran for two years, ending in May 2011.


Project Facts: 

Implementing Period: 

1st June 2009 - 31st May 2011

Project Partners:

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Islamic Relief Palestine (IR Pal)



The project aims at improving the quality of education for students attending schools in the Gaza Strip.

  • To provide a safe, healthy and adequate learning environment for Palestinian students in Gaza.
  • To improve the educational process within selected schools by providing training for school teachers based on the results of a needs assessment.


Expected Beneficiaries:

Direct beneficiaries:         21,054 students, teachers and laborers.

Indirect beneficiaries:       126,324 family members

School after rehabilitation

School before rehabilitation